Virginia Beach City FC Falls to FC Frederick, 3-0
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (June 23, 2018) — Virginia Beach City FC fell to FC Frederick on Saturday night at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, dropping VB City FC to 2-3-2 this season.
Saturday’s match, which was delayed one hour and 33 minutes due to lightning and heavy rain, pushed Virginia Beach City FC down in the Mid-Atlantic Division standings. VB City FC’s eight points are now good enough for fifth place in the division, two spots outside the playoffs.
Both teams spent most of the first half trying to find their footing on the soggy turf and neither created consistent scoring opportunities. FC Frederick broke through in the 33rd minute, thanks to a defensive miscue by VB City FC. David Warburton took advantage and scored an easy goal, giving FC Frederick a 1-0 advantage.
Virginia Beach City FC improved as the first half wore on. Both Augusto Camara and William Cooke were able to get shots on goal but failed to score. VB City FC trailed 1-0 entering halftime.
FC Frederick generated a couple chances at the beginning of the second half, but Duvaun Smith kept his team alive with some fine goalkeeping. Virginia Beach City FC continued to fight as the second half wore on and in the 63rd minute, Roger Rojas-Goodbold found himself with an opportunity. Unfortunately, his shot sailed over the bar.
FC Frederick ended VB City FC’s comeback hopes in the 76th minute, as Jacob Giosselin scored on an assist from Brian Flatter. VB City FC subbed in forwards Amir Shihata and Tye Stallins to generate more offense, but the substitutions resulted in another goal for Frederick. Shawn Baker scored on an assist from Nathaniel Lee, giving Frederick a 3-0 victory.
Virginia Beach City FC entered the game in fourth place in the Mid-Atlantic Division standings with eight points, while Frederick FC sat in fifth place with seven points. With just three matches remaining, VB City FC still has a chance to play their way into the playoffs but likely needs to win two or three of their remaining matches.
On the flip side, Virginia Beach City FC Women's team won on the road Saturday, beating Old Dominion Cesena 3-1. Goals were scored by Santana (10’), Obara assisted by Bettilyon (14’), and Mitchell (74’). The Virginia Beach City FC Women are now 1-1-2, only three points off of first place.
Virginia Beach City FC Men hit the road for the final time this regular season on June 29, when the squad travels to CroppMetcalfe Park at Evergreen in Leesburg, Va. VB City FC will be facing Northern Virginia United, who sits tied for first in the Mid-Atlantic Division with 13 points. Friday’s match is slated to start at 7 p.m.